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Overview

Jonas graduated from Stanford Law School (Order of the Coif) in 2009, with a joint master’s degree in psychology.  For his master’s thesis (covered in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog) he studied how trial attorneys can improve their predictions of jury damages awards by averaging the opinions of many attorneys (the “wisdom of crowds”).  After law school, Jonas worked as a jury consultant for four years.  He assisted with jury selection and conducted mock trial research on a wide variety of cases, including breach of contract, patent, and real estate disputes.  Jonas joined the firm in 2014 as a trial and appellate attorney.

Jonas has briefed three and argued two appeals before the Federal Circuit.  Here is the recording of an oral argument and here is the result.  In district court litigation, Jonas has taken over 35 depositions, including corporate representatives, engineers and experts.  He has briefed and argued dozens of motions, including summary judgment motions, Daubert motions and evidentiary motions during trial.

Education

  • Stanford Law School, (J.D. Order of the Coif, 2009)
  • Stanford University, (M.A. psychology, 2009)
  • Princeton University, (B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2005)

Notable Cases

Represents plaintiff DermaFocus in a patent infringement case in the District of Delaware against an international medical device company.  The case involves ultrasound therapy technology for the cosmetic treatment of skin.

Represented patent-owner SimpleAir in an inter partes review trial against Google before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  The patent involves technology for providing notifications to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.  The Board affirmed the patentability of all challenged claims and the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision.

Represented plaintiff Mirror Worlds Technologies in a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Texas against Apple, Microsoft, and computer manufacturers.  The case involved document storage, search, and display technology developed by Yale Professor David Gelernter and Dr. Eric Freeman.  Apple sought to preclude Mirror Worlds from bringing suit based on a prior lawsuit between Mirror Worlds and Apple.  We defeated Apple’s preclusion motions and successfully precluded Apple from challenging the patent’s validity.  An article about the outcome of the case is available here.

Represented plaintiff Abstrax in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against Hewlett Packard.  The case related to a patent on manufacturing methods that has been successfully licensed to other major computer manufacturers.  The case settled on confidential terms after the filing of expert reports.

Personal Facts

  • Jonas grew up in Boulder, Colorado with two younger brothers and two 80-pound sheepdogs.
  • Jonas performed a juggling show for an audience of 500 on a cruise ship.
  • Jonas is happiest running long distances in the mountains and forests.

Joining Dovel & Luner

When I graduated from law school, I was interested in two things: trial advocacy and jury psychology.  Working as an associate at a large law firm would not have much to do with either of those things.  So I made an unconventional choice for a law student and went into jury consulting.

During the four years I spent doing jury consulting, I got to see how juries all over the country think about a wide variety of case types, from personal injury to patent.  And I got to see the many different styles of effective trial attorneys.  But after a few years, I wanted the challenge of doing the trials, rather than just advising on them.

I already knew I was not going to get what I wanted at a large firm.  Then I found Dovel.  It was a small firm, focused on trials, where associates get meaningful experience in complex, high-stakes cases.  And because it is an unconventional firm, they liked my unconventional background.

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